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Recapping the Tribe Arizona Fall League Participants

November 19, 2012 |

By David Roberts

Several weeks ago, we chronicled the seven Indians minor leaguers participating in the Arizona Fall League as part of the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions finished the short season with a record of 15-16, good for a second place, 2.5 games out of first. Here’s how the seven Indians farmhands faired.

Shawn Armstrong

The 22-year-old righty made five appearances for the Scorpions. In his five appearances, he tossed 5.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out three and walking four.

His solid stint continues to highlight his talent as a reliever for the Tribe brass after a solid 2012 campaign.

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The Links: Indians Nearing Roster Decisions

November 17, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It is widely speculated that major roster changes could be upon the Cleveland Indians this winter with the possibility of Asdrubal Cabrera, Chris Perez, Shin-Soo Choo and Justin Masterson all believed to be on the market for the right offer. While a move that would have any of those players leaving Cleveland would be deemed a major shake up to the roster, a minor tremor could be developing in the next couple days.

Tuesday, November 20 is the deadline for minor league players who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft to be placed on the Major League 40-man roster and be protected. Any player who was signed at 18-years old or younger and has been in the organization for five years, or any player signed at 19-years old and older who has been in the organization for four years, and not on the 40-man roster is eligible to be drafted in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee from December 3-6.

Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on their new team’s 25-man roster for the remaining season or be offered back to their original team. Most times players that are drafted via the Rule 5 draft have a trade negotiated to eliminate the rules behind the draft and create a minor league option. Currently, the Indians have a full 40-man roster and several minor leaguers who are Rule 5 eligible.

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Minor League Regular Season Ends With Final Roundup

September 6, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Columbus Clippers (AAA) finished the season in second place in the Western Division of the International League with an overall record of 75-69. They finished 13 games behind first place Indianapolis, and four games out of the Wild Card spot. Infielder, Cord Phelps, has been named to the IL Postseason All-Star Team. The Clippers finished 75-69 on the season, marking the third straight season the Clippers have finished with a record above the .500 mark. Columbus finished second in the IL in attendance for the 2012 season, averaging 8,732 fans a game. Infielders Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler were named to the mid- season All-Star team. Columbus had four players named the IL Batter of the Week in 2012 (LaPorta, Canzler, Carrera, Phelps) and one player named IL Pitcher of the Week (Gomez). The Clippers hit six grand slam home runs (Beau Mills, Jared Goedert, Russ Canzler, Ryan Rohlinger, Luke Carlin, Juan Diaz).

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Cooper is Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 30, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Indians announced right-handed pitcher, Jordan Cooper, as this week’s Minor League Player of the Week.

The 23-year old, Carolina Mudcat, is a native of Berryton, Kansas, and was originally drafted in the 2008 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round. Instead of signing with the Red Sox out of Shawnee Heights High School, Cooper decided to attend Wichita State University. Two years later, in the 2010 amateur draft, he was selected by the Tribe in the ninth round.

In 2010, Cooper saw action in 14 games where he started 13 and went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In 62 innings of work, he allowed 79 hits, gave up 39 runs of which 34 were earned, forfeited nine home runs, allowed 18 walks while striking out 41 batters with Mahoning Valley.

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Toole Uses All of His To Play All Nine Positions In a Night

August 27, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Little Leaguers and boys in the backyard always dream of playing all over the field and having the ball hit to them all night long. Few get the opportunity, and even fewer get the chance to do it professionally.

For Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Justin Toole, Saturday night was a reward and tribute to his versatility.

“At the beginning of the season he and the Indians told me he could play everywhere,” Mudcats Manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “Originally, I thought, ‘yeah right,’ but after working with him, he really could play anywhere.”

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Paulino Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 23, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Arizona League Indians infielder, Dorssys Paulino, has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week, August 13-19. In addition to this honor, he was promoted to Short-Season Class-A Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.

The Bani, Dominican Republic native was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent by the Indians on July 2, 2011 as a 16-year old out of La Academia. Dorssys doesn’t turn 18 years old until November 21st.  He was ranked the 7th best prospect in the Indians system by Baseball Prospectus entering the 2012 season.

Paulino, 17, hit .560 (14-25) for the week with three doubles, a triple, three home runs, and nine RBI’s while posting a 1.713 OPS. On August 13th against the Diamondbacks rookie club, Paulino tied a season high by going 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, three RBI’s and followed that with a three-hit game the next night with two home runs and a season-high five RBI’s.

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Urshela Having Breakout Season and Progression with Mudcats

August 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Prospects develop at different speeds, some hitting the minor league system and taking it by storm, while others take time to find their stride as a professional.

For Carolina Mudcats’ Giovanny Urshela, it appears 2012 is the season the 20-year-old, right-handed hitting third baseman turns the corner and asserts himself as a bona fide prospect in the Cleveland Indians minor league system.

Urshela is this week’s Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week and also the Carolina League’s Player of the Week. From Aug. 6 through 13, Urshela hit .483 (14-29) with five doubles, three home runs and six RBI. Currently, Urshela is hitting .275 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI while hitting third in the Mudcats’ lineup most of the season.

“This season has been better for me,” Urshela said. “I didn’t start out good, but I’m getting better and have worked in the cage.”

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Urshela Name Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Round Up

August 16, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Cleveland Indians announced Carolina infielder, Giovanny Urshela, as the club’s Minor League Player of the Week, August 6-13. In addition to this honor, yesterday he was named the Carolina League Hitter of the Week. Urshela, hit .483 (14-29) with five doubles, three home runs, and six RBI’s throughout the week. On August 7th at Salem, Urshela went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI’s in Carolina’s 6-2 win and followed that up with a three hit game the next night with two more doubles, a home run, and an RBI.

For the 2012 season he is batting .279 (102-366) with 44 runs scored, 26 doubles, 10 home runs, and 52 RBI’s while posting a .744 OPS (.312 on-base pct., .432 slugging pct.). He is batting .400 (20-50) in the month of August, raising his season average from .259 to the current .279 mark.

The 20-year old righty out of Cartagena, Colombia was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2008. In 2011, Urshela ranked fourth in the Midwest League in at-bats (505). In 2010, posted a career high .290 batting average in 58 games with Mahoning Valley.

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DeJesus is Indians Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 10, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Cleveland Indians announced Luis DeJesus as their Minor League Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. DeJesus was also named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week.

The 20-year old righty from Diboll, Texas was drafted by the Tribe in the 11th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft out of Angelina College.

In 13 appearances with the Arizona League Indians, DeJesus went 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings of work. He gave up 41 hits, allowed 20 runs with 17 earned and walked 11 batters, while striking out 45 and hitting one.

This season he has split time between Lake County and Mahoning Valley. In four games with Lake County, DeJesus is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings of work. He has finished two games and has one save. DeJesus gave up 15 hits, allowed 11 runs with 10 of them being earned. He walked six, struck out 12, and gave up two home runs.

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Hard Work and Sound Advice Has Helped Greenwell Grow Through Injuries

August 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Life and baseball both can teach you valuable lessons. Sometimes in life though, it isn’t how hard you work, but who you know. In Indians farmhand Bo Greenwell’s life, who he knows has helped him work hard to achieve his goals despite serious injuries and setbacks.

Greenwell was plagued with serious injuries for a year and a half before being able to experience a clean bill of health in June with the Carolina Mudcats. Greenwell has hit .328 since being activated at the High-A level, and moved into the second spot of the batting order after leadoff hitter Tyler Holt was promoted to Double-A Akron.

“Anybody that has been around the game long enough will tell you this game is tough mentally, not just physically,” Greenwell said. “You have to be lucky to stay healthy through a full season. I’ve been lucky, but last season was just one of those seasons where I had two big injuries. It was tough mentally.”

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Carrera Wins Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 2, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Ezequiel Carrera, the Guiria, Venezuela native was acquired on June 27, 2010 from the Seattle Mariners along with infielder, Juan Diaz, in exchange for infielder, Russell Branyan, and cash. He originally was signed by the New York Mets as a free agent on April 4th, 2005 before being traded to the Mariners prior to the 2009 season. In 2011, Carrera made his Major League debut on May 20 and collected a game-winning, 8th-inning RBI bunt single in his first ever plate appearance versus Cincinnati.

In 2011, Carrera appeared in 68 games with the Indians and posted a .243 (49/202) batting average. He hit eight doubles, three triples, produced 14 RBI’s and accounted for 27 runs. He drew 16 walks while striking out 35 times, stole 10 bases successfully in 15 attempts.

Carrera hit .515 (17-33) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 13 RBI’s throughout the week, while posting a 1.407 OPS (.528 on-base pct, .879 slugging pct.).  On July 25 versus Toledo, he went 5-for-5 with four runs scored and a double in Columbus’ 11-10 win.  He also hit home runs in back-to-back games (July 24-25) for the first time in his career. For the 2012 season he is batting .297 (116-390) with 65 runs scored, 19 doubles, six triples, six home runs, and 42 RBI’s with 26 stolen bases while posting a .770 OPS (.347 on-base pct., .423 slugging pct.). He currently ranks tenth in the International League in batting average (.297), third in hits (116), third in stolen bases (26), second in runs scored (65), tied for fourth in triples (6) and currently has a 20-game hitting streak, which is the second longest in the International League this season.

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Soto Named Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

July 26, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Indians named Akron Aeros starting left-handed pitcher, Giovanni Soto, as the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for July 15-22. Soto went 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA (14.0IP, 6H, 3R/2ER, 6BB, 7K) in two starts, including a nine-inning no-hitter on July 15th against Altoona in which he allowed one unearned run, three walks with six strikeouts in a 2-1 Akron win. It was just the second no-hitter in Akron Aeros franchise history and the first ever at Canal Park.

On July 20th, Soto suffered a tough loss, tossing five innings, allowing six hits, three runs (two earned), three walks with a strikeout in a 3-2 loss to Richmond. On the season he is 6-7 with a 3.72 ERA (106.1IP, 95H, 52R/44ER, 42BB, 88K) in 19 starts. Soto currently is tied for first in the Eastern League in complete games with two and shutouts with one.

Soto was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 29, 2010 in exchange for infielder, Jhonny Peralta. The Carolina, Puerto Rico native, was selected by Detroit in the 21st round of the 2009 June draft after originally being selected in the 46th round of the 2008 June draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2010, he led the Midwest League in shutouts with two, was tied for first in complete games with two, fourth in ERA (2.93) and was named to the Midwest League All-Star team for Class-A Lake County.

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